Yeoju Lee

Student / Fashion Embroidery

"I used renaissance ornaments and butterfly wings as the subtheme to express the aesthetics of death"

— Yeoju Lee
Mentor – Anne-Marie Howat

“The Aesthetic Aspect of Mortality”: My initial idea is from the death. Mortality conveys the symbol of declining power which has a disgusting appearance. According to Vanitas art in the 17th century, life is short and is seen as tragic. Reversing the statement of the transience of life, the idiom from Memento Mori in the renaissance period, “Remember you must die”, has change my stereotype of death from negative to positive. To be specific, when we understand the life is not the eternity, we do find the value of our lives.

Based on the concept of my project, with the decomposition process which is inspiration from the death, I used renaissance ornaments and butterfly wings as the subtheme to express the aesthetics of death by utilizing embroidery. My work focuses on craft embroidery with different techniques. These techniques include beading and laser cutting.
Diversity in colours and different materials are the prominent features of my work.

In order to provide a sophisticated appearance, the work is mixed with soft and lightweight fabric and fancy materials including crystal organza and chiffon; and crystals, feathers, pearls. This result in a three-dimensional effect on my final piece.

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Yeoju Lee - image from the official 2020 Prize shoot
Yeoju Lee - supporting image
Yeoju Lee - supporting image
Yeoju Lee - image from the official 2020 Prize shoot